Mixed kinds in same clutch?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Snipes, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Snipes

    Snipes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering if it was possible for a female to lay eggs from multiple fathers in one clutch?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes.
     
  3. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also had a weird incident where another hen laid an egg in another hens nest and hatched it out.
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. A hen can mate once and carry the sperm for up to two weeks. If she mates with multiple males, she can then lay eggs whose father is any one of those males.
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's not really weird, my broody chickens hatch whatever eggs were laid in that nest the day she went broody. [​IMG] Just sayin.
     
  6. KansasKid

    KansasKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it was weird to me because the hens nest was on top of my stack hay bales in the barn and the duck that laid the egg in the nest was a runner and i don't know how it got up there, plus they didn't exactly like each other. They where always trying to make there own flock by separating the younger males and females (you think some of the dominant drakes would do this) but its not a problem anymore a raccoon got to her, a mallard, and a rouen. The only thing that i have left his her duckling.
     
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